cover image Heart-Healthy Cooking for All Seasons

Heart-Healthy Cooking for All Seasons

Marvin Moser. Pocket Books, $25 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-671-88520-5

In this ambitious, successful collaboration, cardiologist Moser (Week by Week to a Strong Heart) and three esteemed chefs-An American Place's Larry Forgione, The Rattlesnake Club's Jimmy Schmidt and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse-go far toward promoting weight management without the deprivation of dieting. Moser offers practical, appealing menu-planning and ``fat budgeting'' suggestions, but the heart of this book is in its seasonally inspired recipes. Such dishes as Steamed Mussels with Saffron and Spicy Couscous from Schmidt, Waters's Baked (in parchment) Chanterelles with Garlic Toasts and Forgione's Seared Sea Scallops with Cranberries and Hickory Nuts call upon herbs, spices, inventively combined ingredients and technique, rather than flavor-packed saturated fats, to enhance taste. Brimming with vegetables, fruits and grains, with reduced proportions of fish, meat and fats, the recipes open a practical and inviting path to more healthful eating. (Feb.)